The Oklahoma Sooners are travelling to Morgantown, West Virginia for the first time as they take on the Mountaineers in a conference battle. The Mountaineers are coming off their fourth loss in a row.
At the beginning of the season, this game was the hyped up as the Big XII game of the year with possible conference title implications. Now, that is nowhere close to the case, but the Sooners are still playing for a possible BCS game. The Mountaineers are playing to become bowl eligible.
The Sooners have been playing well on the road, which is a change from previous seasons. The Sooner offense comes into Morgantown and are a completely downtrodden team and almost an non-existent defense. The Mountaineers rank dead last when it comes to pass d. And they way Sooners QB Landry Jones has been able to spread the field lately, I think the pass defense will have their hands full.
The Mountaineers offense on the other hand, even though down lately, is still very potent. Geno Smith, the once front-runner in the Heisman race, has so many options on the outside, its hard to keep track of them all.
The defensive plan for the Sooners will stay the same as it has been over the last couple of weeks: shut down the passing game. They allowed over 250+ yards on the ground just last week against Baylor, but the players know what they need to do to shut that down. The line really needs to step up.
Rumor has it that, that the game is only sold around 45K tickets due to the school closing the dorms for the Thanksgiving holiday. Which is kinda disappointing considering the stigma the game had on it during the preseason. Though, it does seem lots of Sooners fans are making the trip. Recently, NewsOK.com did an article about a couple driving from New Mexico just to see the Sooners first game against their new conference foe.
The spread on the game right now is 11, favoring Oklahoma and I am still unsure of which way I am leaning. Meaning, is that too much or not enough. It really depends on how Oklahoma handles the West Virginia offensive attack. If they can handle that, I think the Sooners handle business easily. If the let the Mountaineers hang around for any amount of time, it could go either way. Geno Smith is not a QB you want to do that against, especially on his own turf.